Norse Thor’s hammer gold and silver
Norse Thor’s hammer Necklace thick gold and silver Thor hammer with rune bead on 30cm thick chain. (beads vary) Viking Jewelry Canada.
Pendant is aprox 5 cm long and 3.5 wide at widest part.
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FUN TRIVIA: for this unique Norse Thor’s hammer
Thor and His Hammer
THOR – Is one of the Gods of the Norsemen. His courage and sense of duty are unshakable, and his physical strength is virtually unmatched. He even owns the Megingjörð (Old Norse for “power–belt“), a belt of strength that makes his power double if he wears it. His most famous possession, however, is his hammer, best known. Thunder is the embodiment of Thor, lightning is the embodiment of his hammer slaying giants as he rode across the sky in his goat-drawn chariot. (This is a symbol used to express the sun moving across the sky. Odin has 12 warriors under him each representing the Norse zodiac. It is written in symbolic form so that it was an invisible belief to outsiders who were unaware how their mythology was written but a very tangible reality of the material world told to their people through the Skalds (Bards or silver tongued musicians, poets). All the Universe is perceived to be patterned.
Thor’s hammer is the most valued treasure of the gods because Thor uses it to defend both gods and humans from the giants, (Giants represent the destructive forces of nature, asteroids, earthquakes, or negative energy for example). This protective function was reflected in their jewellery as religious Hammer amulet that meant “may the lightning hold all evil away” and “may Thor protect him with that hammer.” Thor’s Hammer has a name, as with any sacred tool, – it is Mjölnir (means lightning).
BLESSING – That protecting function, of the hammer, functions as a gift of blessing too. In the Icelandic sagas, there is record of people making the sign of the hammer over food as a symbol of blessing. Thor also uses his hammer to bless both a marriage and a funeral pyre and many pictures have been found from the bronze age and on depicting this blessing over a couple.
The blessing ritual lasted for over 2,000 years, from the Bronze Age through to the Viking Age. The hammer was also used to bless the bride, and to bless newborns to welcome them into the community or tribe.
GRAVE MARKERS – Thor’s hammer has been found on grave markers but unfortunately we’ve lost how the hammer was used at a funeral. Even around 1300 BCE, there are images of axe heads in northern European funeral sites, even in Denmark for the Danes. The texts on the graves generally follow a formula and say “May Thor hallow these runes,” “May Thor hallow this memorial” or simply “May Thor hallow,” but one Norwegian inscription actually says “take to yourself the body lying beneath this stone.” The hammer, we can then suggest, was used as a welcoming into an afterlife.
COMMUNITY – Taken together, the historical evidence suggests that the hammer blessed major life events – birth, marriage, death – but it was also used in feasting, claiming land and marking boundaries. In other words, it blessed all the ways that members of a community relate to each other.
|Dimensions||5.5 × 4 × 2.6 cm|